Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Prince Felix, Crossdresser at the Tzar's Court

A contemporary portrait of Prince Felix Yusupov.

Prince Felix Yusupov was a nobleman at the Russian court in the last, tumultuous years before the revolution, and he was a crossdresser.

He was born in St. Petersburg in 1887, in very rich aristocratic family. After death of his elder brother he become the heir to the family title and fortune. He was a golden boy. And not only in terms of money, but his looks. Felix Yusupov was so good-looking that his contemporaries called him an angelic face: thin features, soft full lips, large dark eyes languishing.

Felix was married to Pricess Irina and they had a daughter. Despite this, there were precistent rumors that he had male lovers, in particular Grand Duke Dmitry. Because of this, some historians theorize he was bisexual. He was also a crossdresser. He wrote in his diary about an experience with his cousin as an adolecent:

“One evening, when my father and mother were not home, we decided to take a stroll, dressed in women's clothes. In my mother's closet, we found everything you need. We are exhausted, flushed, pinned jewelry, wrapped in velvet coats, we were not on the rise, came down on the far stairs, waking my mother's hairdresser, demanded wigs, said “this is for the masquerade”. As such, we have come to the city.”

Felix was fascinated by music, theater, ballet. He often spent time in company of gypsy bands. And many times he performed en femme as singer in cabarets, not only in Russia, but when he was a student at Oxford and after the revolution when he and his family lived in exile Germany and France.

Read more about Prince Felix at Crossdream Life!

Monday, February 27, 2017

What brings you through the hard days?

What can crossdreamers and gender variant people do to get through the hard days?

A cup of tea? A warm cat in your lap? A long bath? A walk in the woods? Music?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Poll: Is there a fundamental difference between trans-kids and late transitioning adults?

Felix Conrad is clearly up to something, as he is asking his readers for input on the question on whether there truly is a fundamental difference between transgender people who become aware of their gender variance as children, and those who realize when they have become adults.

Go to: Poll: Is there a fundamental difference between trans-kids and late transitioning adults?

Go to discussion over at Crossdream Life.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How many transgender people are there?

A study from the Williams Institute in the US estimates the percentage of transgender youth at 0.7 percent. A previous study of transgender adults gave the number 0.6 percent. Both are higher than previous estimates.

A Crossdream Life discussion indicates, however, that even this number is too low.

See also this blog post over at How Many Transgender People are There, Really?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

When Comics go Transgender

From the Crossdream Life archive:

One member asked about whether there are comics with a gender change theme where the main character loves men.

That lead to some interesting observations about gender transformation in comics in general.

See: Go to Dial H for Hero!

More threads on comics:

New superhero comic to feature MTF trans woman
New Forced Sexchange Romp Turned into Comic
Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme's Perfect Body
Ranma 1/2

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paris is Burning, Trans Culture in 1980's New York

Cheryl covers the transgender movie classic Paris is Burning over at Lost in Transgender:

“In 1990 I was 21 and at the point in my life where I had begun the long road of self discovery of what it means to be trans. It was also the year that Jennie Livingston released her cult documentary movie 'Paris is Burning.' I remember it being aired on BBC2 as part of their Arena documentary series. The Arena team made an introduction to the film stating that Madonna's hit single Vogue had taken it's roots from the culture existing within the underground gay night clubs of New York City.”

Crossdream Life looks at the movie here.

New Threads on Crossdream Life

Books to Read!